Yet the most interesting development from the hearing was the testimony from the state Secretary of Housing and Economic Development, Greg Bialecki. Secretary Bialecki told the committee that Governor Deval Patrick’s Administration supports eliminating noncompetes altogether in combination with the adoption of the Uniform Trade Secret Act, something I’ve previously written about here. On the other side of the issue, Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM) provided written testimony against reform.
What are the chances of noncompete reform actually passing? Previous bills to eliminate noncompetes have not gained much support, and the six-month bill is a compromise, something the sponsors of the bill (Rep. Lori Ehrlich and Sen. William Brownsberger) freely admit. But with Gov. Patrick pushing for reform, the compromise bill may stand a better chance of surviving the legislative process and being enacted into law.